OFFICIAL: FIFA to expand World Cup from 32 teams competing to 48

OFFICIAL: FIFA to expand World Cup from 32 teams competing to 48 Africa will receive nine automatic places when the World Cup expands to 48 teams in 2026. ||...

OFFICIAL: FIFA to expand World Cup from 32 teams competing to 48

Africa will receive nine automatic places when the World Cup expands to 48 teams in 2026.

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The move, ratified by the FIFA Council on Tuesday in Bahrain, increases the continent’s current qualifications places from five.

On top of this, a 10th African country will take part in a six-nation play-off tournament to decide the two final qualifiers.

This constitutes the largest increase in nation qualifications from a single football federation for the expanded format.

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Earlier this year, FIFA voted to expand the World Cup from 32 teams competing to 48. This will mean a total of 16 teams from Europe will qualify.

The allocation is as follows:

AFC (Asia): 8.5 slots
CAF (Afirca): 9.5 slots
CONCACAF (North and Central America): 6.5 slots
CONMEBOL (South America): 6.5 slots
OFC (Oceania): 1.5 slot
UEFA (Europe): 16 slots

Confederations featuring a ‘.5’ slot will take part in the six-nation play-off tournament for the two additional places

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